I am – or was, I’m retired now – a law professor and the genesis of this play came when I was doing research for an academic article about Portia. In the midst of this research, one day this thought popped into my head: When Portia goes to court , I don’t think it’s the first time she cross-dressed.

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It’s the first time I’ve scripted in any detailed way a vision of what I wanted the piece to look like, and to use those elements as characters with roles to play. And, I wanted to write something that invited (required, really) audience members to participate and determine what the play is about and what it means to them.

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So some parts of this play are very true, some parts are very false, and some parts lie somewhere in between. Most of the things I won’t confess to, but here are a couple. The first is that I think everybody is still trying to figure stuff out, whether you’re 75 or 21. We think we’re supposed to get old and wise but I don’t think that ever happens.

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